Substantial Analytical Writing Requirement

During the second or third year of law school, students must undertake a Substantial Analytic Writing (SAW) project. This experience of sustained and intensive work on a specific project is a core element of a student’s legal education. The content and format of the writing project may vary within a wide range. For example, a student may choose to examine a specific proposal for law reform, drawing on empirical research or materials from a field other than law. Alternatively, a student may choose to draw on his/her clinical experience to analyze a specific legal problem. Whatever the format, one of the central objectives of the project should assist students in developing superior writing skills. In accordance with the standard promulgated by the American Bar Association, the project must constitute a "rigorous writing experience." Students may satisfy the SAW requirement by completing a faculty supervised writing project undertaken for a minimum of two units that is certified by the supervising faculty member as satisfying the requirement of a rigorous writing experience. The writing project must be graded and may not be completed on a pass/fail basis. In general, the SAW requirement may be satisfied by a Law 340 or Law 341 independent research paper, a seminar paper, or a paper for other advanced courses. 

Below is a list of courses offered in 2014-15 where faculty have indicated the required papers might satisfy the SAW requirement. Please consult the individual faculty to verify that your work product in a given course will satisfy the requirement.

D. Dover M. Greenberg S. Nayak-Young

This course will provide an introduction to some central issues in the philosophy of law. For example, we will consider whether citizens have a duty to obey the law, and if so, under what...

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S. Bank

Over the last two decades, the compensation of chief executive officers and other top executives has been one of the most controversial areas of law and corporate governance. Throughout the...

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S. Biegel

An examination of recent high profile, education-related disputes at both the K-12 and higher ed levels. Topics to be explored include campus safety and privacy, student freedom of expression,...

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D. NeJaime A. Susman J. Woods

This course explores the ways in which the law constructs and regulates sexuality. Subjects covered include the criminalization of sexual activity, discrimination based on sexual orientation and...

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K. Abou El Fadl

This course introduces students to the field of Islamic law. It is designed to give students a firm grounding in the principles, concepts and terminology of Islamic law. Islamic law is one of the...

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F. Olsen

As dissent becomes criminalized and activity that has previously been considered legitimate dissent can land one in jail, the distinction between exercising freedom of speech and engaging in civil...

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K. Abou El Fadl

This course will introduce students to international refugee law and U.S. asylum law. Some background in immigration law would be helpful, but it is not necessary. Students without any background in...

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E. Parson

This course examines how society manages-–or fails to manage-–environmental issues that fall beyond the authority or capability of one national government. Class sessions will be divided roughly...

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A. Winkler

This course examines selected theoretical topics in American constitutional law. While the contours of the course material vary from year to year, students can expect an in-depth study of one or...

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K. Stone

Requirements: four brief response papers and one research paper This seminar will have three thematic parts. First, it will look at the changing nature of the employment relationship and its...

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J. Michaels

This seminar examines innovative efforts to design more effective pathways for delivering public goods and services than might be available within the strictures of traditional government...

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E. Zolt

This seminar examines how tax regimes can influence a country’s economic development. Topics include: the goals of tax systems in developing and developed countries, taxation and economic growth,...

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S. Bainbridge G. Georgiev

It is widely believed that failures in corporate governance – the institutional structures, practices and legal rules through which corporations are governed – were among the key causes of the global...

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S. Munzer S. Shiffrin

This seminar explores selected topics in philosophy of law. Please see the individual course descriptions for this semester for details on the topics to be discussed.

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A. Heinrich A. Iancu D. Lichtman

This seminar is designed to allow students to delve deeply into current issues and controversies in patent law. The seminar is co-taught by two partners from the law firm of Irell & Manella...

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C. Goldberg

Students in this seminar will study the traditional and contemporary legal systems of Native American tribal nations. There will be detailed examination of several different tribal systems, such as ...

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G. Blasi S. Cummings J. Nanda J. Schwartz

This seminar is a required course for the David J. Epstein Program in Public Interest Law and Policy and enrollment is limited to Epstein Program students. Building on the First Year Epstein Program...

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N. Netanel D. Nimmer

This seminar gives students the opportunity to participate in cutting-edge scholarship in the areas of entertainment, media, and intellectual property, with a focus on copyright law (and this year...

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D. Ginsburg

This seminar (taught in the Spring Semester) is primarily but not exclusively intended for students who have completed an unpaid entertainment industry internship the previous summer and who are...

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G. López

This Workshop aims to deepen and sharpen students’ capacity to produce high-quality legal analysis. To do so, the Workshop will require students on a daily basis to train in order to improve the...

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K. Abou El Fadl

This seminar introduces students to the field of Islamic law. It is designed to give students a firm grounding in the principles, concepts and terminology of Islamic law. Islamic law is one of the...

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D. Dolinko

The seminar will focus on what (if anything) makes it morally permissible for the state to inflict “hard treatment” on people, against their will, provided they have been found guilty of criminal...

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M. Greenberg B. Herman S. Shiffrin

This seminar (cross-listed with the philosophy department) will focus on recent contributions to the theoretical literature on contract law. Possible topics include the purpose or function of...

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K. Abou El Fadl

What is a political crime? Is there a meaningful distinction between a political as opposed to a non-political or common crime? And what is the relationship of political crimes to terrorism? This...

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T. Malloy

This seminar examines the theoretical underpinnings of several major types of regulation, as well as the practical issues involved in implementing and enforcing each. We will explore the selection...

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A. Bâli

The subset of international law relating to the conduct of war – known as international humanitarian law (IHL) or the law of armed conflict – plays a prominent role in contemporary debates about law...

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S. Biegel E. Volokh

This year-long seminar is designed for advanced law students who wish to develop and complete a full-length, high-quality legal article (or “comment”) of publishable quality in a collaborative...

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C. Hessler

This seminar explores major legal controversies afflicting the digital economy. In particular, the seminar asks how “property” and “monopoly power” should be defined to promote prosperity when...

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J. Doherty

This is a yearlong seminar on conducting empirical legal research. It covers research design, statistics, data analysis, and critical reading of empirical literature. Grades are based on 3 short...

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L. Stemple

Sexual politics cut across issues in human rights, encompassing debates about gender equality, cultural relativism, sexual orientation, human trafficking, and HIV/AIDS. This seminar explores the role...

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M. Herzog C. Horowitz

Global climate change has emerged as the most significant environmental, if not societal, issue of our era. This seminar will explore cutting-edge public policy, legal, and scientific challenges...

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R. Sander

To a growing degree, the sophisticated practice of law requires a familiarity with quantitative methods and an understanding of how judges apply these methods in hearing and deciding cases. This...

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P. Goodman

This seminar focuses on the interface between two important subjects: law and popular culture. Before class, students will see a series of films or television shows relating to law, lawyers, and...

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J. Park

Understanding the public corporation requires knowledge of three subjects -- accounting, finance, and the law. A company must prepare financial statements that comply with accounting principles. ...

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J. Park

This seminar will examine the regulatory regime governing the securities market structure, which encompasses interconnected trading venues, such as securities exchanges and over-the-counter networks,...

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I. Anabtawi

Note: Enrollment limited to 12 students. This seminar allows students to write a seminar paper on a topic of their choice, subject to instructor approval, in the field of mergers and...

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R. Re

New technologies are transforming the experience, regulation, and even meaning of personal privacy. Digital surveillance for law-enforcement purposes presents one salient aspect of this broader...

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M. Kezirian C. Powers

This course will examine the intersection of law, health and public policy as applied through medical-legal partnerships. An emerging national trend poised to expand under the implementation of...

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G. López

For nearly a decade, debate again has focused on how to improve legal education – to make it more focused on the problem solving at the heart of all law practice, more ambitious and effective, less...

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M. Langer

This course provides an overview of comparative criminal procedure. Its goal is not only to study how other legal systems regulate the criminal process, but also to enable a deeper understanding...

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M. Herzog

More than half of the U.S. population lives near a coast, and we rely on coasts and oceans for a variety of important services like food, transportation, recreation, energy, and goods movement. ...

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K. Raustiala R. Steinberg

This course is intended for those interested in sophisticated international legal argumentation or those interested in scholarly debates over international law. The seminar will explore competing...

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M. Golden-Krasner A. Martinez

This course will cover the development, theories, and practice of environmental justice law, specifically analyzing the legal and policy tools used by advocates to advance environmental justice. The...

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F. Olsen

The seminar examines traditional legal theory from a feminist perspective and explores alternative feminist views of legal issues and standard jurisprudential quandaries. Admissions to this seminar...

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J. Kohli V. Narro

“So what is our role as lawyers? How can we make transformative work—both in our profession and our communities—real? I do not know the answers to these difficult questions. I do not even know if...

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B. Colgan

The vast majority of criminal and juvenile cases—90 to 95 percent—are resolved through plea bargaining. Due to its centrality to the criminal system, plea bargaining provides a unique lens through...

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A. Wang

Over the last 35 years, China has embarked on an unprecedented effort to build a legal system and a cadre of lawyers, judges, and law professors essentially from scratch. The progress of that effort...

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A. Riley

This course examines issues legal issues integral to governance that Native American nations face in the 21st century, including those that impact and shape: political sovereignty, economic...

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R. Moran

The Supreme Court famously called education "the very foundation of good citizenship" and designated it "the most important function of state and local government." Today, Americans continue to...

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L. White

This course uses a multidisciplinary lens to explore the linkages between global poverty, human rights, and development from an historical, theoretical, institutional, and policy-making perspective....

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J. Horwitz L. McClelland

This course provides an introduction to nonprofit law and policy, as well as an intensive immersion experience in legal research and drafting. The students will participate in drafting black letter,...

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M. Carroll

This course will examine issues relevant to complex civil litigation, with a particular focus on class actions and multidistrict litigation. Topics to be covered include funding sources for...

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M. Deutchman

Central to the extraordinary success of the American experiment is the ability of religious minorities to thrive. This success is largely attributable to the First Amendment’s Free Exercise and...

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F. Olsen

In recent decades, sex discrimination scholarship has moved beyond its initial focus on legal doctrine and constitutional arguments to develop a criticism of the legal system itself. This seminar...

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T. Mor

Women’s human rights and gender equality are touted as key for sustainable development, improved public health, decreased poverty, and robust democratic systems. In recent decades, feminist...

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R. Sears

The HIV/AIDS epidemic is one of the greatest public health crises of the past three decades and has resulted in significant legislation and public policy geared toward both infected and affected...

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K. Abou El Fadl

The course will provide an overview of the broad range of legal issues related to the growing international and domestic problem of human trafficking. Conservative estimates are that around a...

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M. Pollans

Farming has dramatic environmental impacts including air and water pollution, soil erosion, and loss of biodiversity. Unlike other industries with similar impacts, it is subject to very little...

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N. Netanel

This seminar canvasses a range of issues and views regarding how to structure innovation law and policy to spur greater technological innovation. Much debated issues in this area include whether...

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I. Joe

This course is an examination of the model rules and comments concerning specific ethical and professional issues arising in the practice of criminal law. Students will learn the sources of laws and...

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J. Dienstag

This class explores the fundamental principles that underlie theories of human rights and asks to what extent such principles also require rights for animals (and perhaps nature more generally)....

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E. Parson

This course will examine the challenges posed to legal arrangements and institutions of government by certain societal trends – principally related to technological advance and environmental stress –...

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J. Zasloff

Water law presents a unique mix of federal and state regulatory regimes over a resource that is scarce yet ubiquitous and, of course, essential to life. In this course, we will consider different...

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A. Winkler

This seminar will focus on the right to keep and bear arms. We will examine the philosophical and historical origins of the arms right; the controversy over the original meaning of the Second...

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L. Bocarsly B. Weiss

The Real Estate Law Clinic offers students practical, hands-on training and experience working on live real estate transactions involving the development and finance of affordable housing. Students...

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S. Cummings B. Weiss

Community economic development (CED) has emerged over the past quarter century as a important strategy for redressing urban poverty. The main programmatic goal of CED—advanced primarily by...

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B. Weiss

The modern neighborhood-based community development corporation (CDC) has emerged as a critical actor in the effort to close the housing affordability gap and to promote sustainable development in...

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N. Zatz

This practicum course is designed to deepen students’ understanding of employment discrimination law —understood broadly to include the full range of legal strategies to create equitable access to...

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S. Gillig L. Mead R. Sears L. Taylor

This two-unit course examines the judicial process and supports judicial externs. Readings and discussion will address: the roles of judges, clerks, research attorneys and externs in drafting...

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G. López

This Seminar will immerse students in “rebellious lawyering” – the name given both to a particular vision of problem solving practiced by growing numbers of lawyers and to the broad movement...

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